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Daily Nation : February 17th 2014
DAILY NATION Monday February 17, 2014 PURGE | Allies also targeted Morsy’s spying allegations trial gets underway If found guilty, the former president and 130 defendants face death penalty CAIRO, Sunday T he trial of deposed Egyptian President Mohammed Morsy over espionage and conspiring to commit acts of terror along with the former parliamentary speaker has begun. Mr Morsy was brought to Cairo’s police academy on Sunday morning by helicopter from the Burj al-Arab prison in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, where he is being held. Mr Morsy was ousted by the military last July following mass street protests against his rule. Along with 130 others, in- cluding dozens of members of Hamas and Lebanon’s Shiite militant movement Hezbollah, Mr Morsy is separately being tried on charges linked to a jailbreak during the 2011 uprising that toppled strongman Hosni Mubarak. Other suspects accused alongside with Morsy include Muslim Brotherhood supreme guide Mohamed Badei and his two deputies Khairat al-Shater and Mahmoud Ezzat, former parliament speaker Saad alKatatni and others. They are accused of col- laborating with foreign bodies, spying for the international organisation the Muslim Brotherhood, its military wing and the (Palestinian) Hamas movement to carry out terrorist acts in Egypt. The former Islamist presi- dent also faces other lawsuits over charges of jailbreak, inciting violence and murder against protesters outside the presidential palace in Bumpy reign: Mr Morsy, who was ousted by the military after a single year of turbulent rule, is already on trial for his alleged involvement in the killing of opposition protesters in December 2012. Hundreds flee Nigeria town fearing attack KANO, Nigeria, Sunday Residents of a northeast Nigerian town said yesterday hundreds of them have fled their homes for fear of attacks by Boko Haram militants who killed 43 people this week in a nearby village. About 400 men fled Bama on Friday to Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, 35 kilometres away following warnings from residents of Gombale village, where Boko Haram Islamists gathered for a planned attack on Bama, Usman Adam, one of the fleeing residents said. “All able-bodied men, around 400 in all, have fled to Maiduguri after we received warning from Gombale residents across the river that Boko Haram were converging in the town for an impending attack on Bama,” Adam told AFP. Adam said only men are flee- ing because they are mostly the victims of Boko Haram attacks as the assailants believe that some men are members a vigilante group. ((AFP) early December 2012. He will also face trial over insulting the judiciary, but the date hasn’t been set yet. The hearing is being held at the Police Academy complex in eastern Cairo, where a heavy security presence stands guard. If found guilty, the defend- ants could face the death penalty. During Morsy’s short-lived presidency, ties between Cairo and Hamas, a Palestinian affiliate of the Muslim Brotherhood which rules the neighbouring Gaza strip, had flourished. But since July, Egypt’s mili- tary-installed government has accused Hamas of backing Morsy and his Brotherhood and carrying out terrorists attacks inside Egypt. The army has destroyed several hundred tunnels used to ferry crucial supplies, including fuel, into the blockaded Gaza Strip. (Xinhua) POWER One year of turbulence Africa News 25 Mayor offers pay for arrest of Al-Shabaab militants BY ABDULKADIR KHALIF NATION Correspondent MOGADISHU, Sunday The Mayor of Mogadishu, Mr Mohamed Ahmed Nur alias Tarzan has promised to pay a $20,000 reward to any person that brings information leading to the capture of militants loyal to Al-Shabaab. The mayor made the state- ment on Saturday while addressing participants at a function at Wadajir District in the city. “The authority in Banadir region (Mogadishu and surrounding areas) has allocated $20,000 as a reward to any person that delivers information on the whereabouts of Al-Shabaab militants,” announced Mayor Nur. The mayor reiterated that any person found engaged in activities that hamper security will be recognised as an as- sociate of the Al-Qaeda linked Al-Shabaab, the radical group opposing the Somali government. “I urge the inhabitants of Mogadishu to collaborate with security personnel towards the improvement of public wellbeing,” he said. $20,000 Amount informers to get On Tuesday, however, the outspoken city mayor urged the Somali security personnel and the general public to kill fighters of Al-Shabaab on sight. Meanwhile, up to 10 com- batants are assumed dead and scores wounded, following an intense confrontation between fighters loyal to AlShabaab and forces belonging to the Somali National Army (SNA).
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